The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce that C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni, PE, Founder and Chairman of Pennoni Associates Inc., will receive the 2016 William Penn Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a business executive in Greater Philadelphia.
The award, which has been given annually since 1949, recognizes an individual for his/her outstanding contributions toward the betterment of the region, professional accomplishments, and commitment to charity as well as to the community.
“Chuck Pennoni has dedicated much time and effort into improving our Greater Philadelphia community,” said Rob Wonderling, the Chamber’s President and CEO. “Through his service on multiple boards, involvement with Drexel University and dedication to his Philadelphia-based firm, he has proven himself a regional and national business leader, and our community is fortunate to have him here.”
Mr. Pennoni has over 60 years of experience in the field of engineering. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Drexel University, going on to work at Albright and Friel Consulting Engineers, the City of Philadelphia and C & J Construction Company before founding Pennoni Associates Inc., an engineering firm headquartered in Center City, Philadelphia, in 1966. The firm has grown to 1,200 professionals since its inception, with locations in Delaware, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia in addition to Pennsylvania.
Along with being founder and Chairman of Pennoni Associates, Mr. Pennoni has taught at Temple University, lectured at numerous colleges and universities, served as President of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and authored 47 papers on engineering, planning, ethics, and professional development.
He has also remained heavily involved with his alma mater, Drexel University, in many ways, including serving as Interim President in 1994-1995 and again in 2009-2010, serving as a University Trustee and Chairman of the Board, being honored with the title of Presid